Another eventful week in college basketball resulted in some notable changes in the AP Poll.

A look at the full rankings:



























RANK SCHOOL RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS
1 Duke (65) 10-0 1625 1
2 Kansas 7-0 1525 2
3 Michigan State 7-1 1500 3
4 Villanova 8-0 1434 4
5 Florida 5-1 1301 6
6 Wichita State 6-1 1197 8
7 Texas A&M 7-0 1192 9
8 Kentucky 7-1 1174 7
9 Notre Dame 7-1 1156 5
10 Miami (FL) 7-0 1122 10
11 North Carolina 8-1 999 13
12 Gonzaga 7-1 856 15
13 Xavier 7-1 768 21
14 Minnesota 8-1 758 12
15 Virginia 8-0 728 18
16 Arizona State 7-0 609 20
17 Cincinnati 7-1 583 11
18 West Virginia 7-1 557 19
19 Seton Hall 7-1 405 NR
20 TCU 8-0 311 23
21 Purdue 8-2 266 NR
22 Nevada 8-0 199 NR
23 Baylor 5-2 182 16
24 Tennessee 6-1 96 NR
25 Southern California 4-2 90 14

We’ll start with Notre Dame, which falls four spots to No. 9 after getting blown out by Michigan State in East Lansing. 

 

The Fighting Irish will be fine – perhaps ranking them fifth was a tad overambitious in the first place – but the matchup with the Spartans wasn’t an ideal one. If your best player is a stretch big man, he’s a mismatch against 95 percent of the teams in America. Not so against Michigan State; for instance, see Luke Maye and Bonzie Colson. Those guys have each had one bad game this season. It’s no coincidence that it came against Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson, Nick Ward and the ferocious Michigan State interior.

The Spartans are a 37-point Grayson Allen explosion away from being the No. 1 team in the nation. Sure, the fact that Notre Dame wasn’t even competitive in the first half is disappointing. But Colson, Matt Farrell, T.J. Gibbs and Mike Brey are too talented and experienced not to hover around the Top 10 this season. They seem suited for the ninth spot.

Xavier is the highest riser this week, jumping eight spots to No. 13. Postgame theatrics aside, the Musketeers notched two huge home wins this week against Baylor and Cincinnati. Neither game was within single-digits.

For most of last year, it was all about Trevon Bluiett and J.P. Macura until role players like Kaiser Gates and Tyrique Jones stepped up in March. The latter two were essentially nonexistent early on. The question coming into 2017-18: would their postseason performance carry over?

It has, and it’s a big reason why Xavier could find itself in the Top 10 if it doesn’t slip up in December. (The schedule… doesn’t look daunting.) These guys look like Final Four contenders once again.

MORE: Katz on Xavier’s success

Two teams who will play big games this week rose in the poll: No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 12 Gonzaga. The Aggies continue to roll; outside of Michigan State, they have the best frontcourt in America. You’d put Tyler Davis, Robert Williams and D.J. Hogg up against just about anyone. Davis and Williams are both shooting better than 64 percent from the floor, and Hogg is the team’s leading scorer.

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